‘Honestly, this isn’t fair that no-one’s been notified ...’
It’s the popular dairy item that’s a staple in many Aussie fridges.
But in recent weeks, scores of shoppers have flooded social media to complain that their local Woolworths and Coles supermarkets have stopped stocking all brands of cottage cheese.
Described by one as a ‘cottage cheese famine’, the Australia-wide shortage has left many shoppers angry and scratching their heads. Photos obtained by New Idea Food show just how barren and empty dairy shelves that once stocked the cheese variety now are - while online shopping pages for both supermarkets see tubs of plain cottage cheese marked as 'Temporarily unavailable'.
Said one angry shopper: ‘Bring back the Cottage Cheese Woolworths!! This is the best product in terms of the cheeses that are stocked in Woolworths for cooking, spreads and filling. Honestly, this isn’t fair that no one has notified why and what they will replace it with. What idiot decided to discontinue the best cheese that we used up to 4-6 packets a week!?!?!
‘This used to be a weekly grocery item, and has outraged many. Do something about this.’
Coles shelves are completely bare, with not a tub of cottage cheese in sight.
All brands appear to be missing due to the 'supply issue'.
Added another: ‘What’s going on with the Cottage Cheese famine happening in Perth right now? It’s been two weeks of empty Cottage Cheese shelves and I’m having serious withdrawals! Please explain....’
Said a third: ‘Has there been a recall on cottage cheese that no-one has told us about? Both Coles and Woolies are out and have been for weeks. It’s really odd.’
Speaking to New Idea Food, a Woolworths spokesperson confirmed that there was indeed an issue - but couldn't give a time frame on when it would be resolved.
‘Due to recent supplier issues, we are currently experiencing a shortage in cottage cheese,’ the spokesperson said.
Speaking on social media, another Woolies spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm this is being looked into and we apologise again for the inconvenience caused.’
Amy SinclairAmy Sinclair is the editor of New Idea Food. She is a former weekly magazine editor who loves all things food, cooking and eating - especially the eating! When she's not looking after her three children, you'll find her in the kitchen or busily hiding online shopping purchases from her husband.